Sunday, December 26, 2010

Review: Conspiracy Game

Reviewed by Jen
Conspiracy Game is the book that, for me, changed the Ghostwalker series from an occasional library rental, to a must-own set of books.  In this fourth installment, we shift gears away from our original Ghostwalker unit, to focus on one of the SEAL Ghostwalkers, Jack Norton.  We met him very briefly in Night Game, but here his story is fleshed out.

The book opens with Jack held prisoner in the Congo. He was taken captive during a rescue mission for his twin brother Ken. Jack has been tortured but manages to escape.  Enter our heroine, Briony. She is in the area doing a circus/highwire show with her brothers.  She is one of the orphan girls that Dr Whitney did psychic experiments on –and she was adopted out around age 5.  Anyway, she stumbles across Jack and realizes they are both “enhanced.” She longs to learn more about what/who she is and because Jack is a psychic “anchor,” he mutes the loud blasting energy that always surrounds her. She gets him back to her room and nurses him back to health.

Despite his serious injuries, Jack and Briony’s attraction for each other cannot be denied and they sleep together.  Before his extraction, Jack breaks things off with her. He is harsh, believing she deserves better than him and he should sever all ties.  The thing is, he got her pregnant.  And once her doctor (who is also Whitney’s spy) finds out, she has to go on the run. She goes to Jack for protection.

In the course of the book, we confirm that Whitney has manipulated the Ghostwalker soldiers to match up with his former-orphan girls. Even worse, he has started breeding programs, where he didn’t bother to manipulate the women to feel the same attraction the men feel.

This book puts the first three in the series to shame. This one and the next one, Deadly Game are my very favorites. The Norton brothers are just the right blend of strength and tortured vulnerability.  The story is interesting. And the relationship building is masterful.  The sex scenes are way hot too. 

I loved it. 5 stars.

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At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 11:20:00 AM CDT , Blogger Amanda said...

I love Christine Feehan, but I have unfortunately onlt read two of her books. You've inspired me to pick up one of her books at the book store!
Great review.

I am a new follower. :)


At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 6:06:00 PM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

Great review!

I am a big fan of CF, but I could never get into this series as much as the others! Think I will give them another try.


At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:51:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jennifer_After_Dark said...

yes good ole Jack,,,yep i would agree with you the Norton brothers were awsome,,,Im thinking I have some rereads..Its been awhile since Ive actually read this
great review..

At Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:54:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Amanda & Suzanne: This book and the one after it are the best ones in the series. If you're going to read any of them, this is the one to start with!

Jen: This series peaked with the Norton brothers books. I think I've read them both three times!

At Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 12:19:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jennifer_After_Dark said...

WEll Ive decided I think Im gonna

At Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:46:00 AM CDT , Blogger Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I read Ken's book I think. Briony was the circus girl right?

At Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 9:35:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Jen: Enjoy your re-read!
Meg: Yes, that's right. I loved Jack's book AND Ken's book as well.


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